Prime Minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, had her Twitter account hacked this weekend – sense that her followers saw a watercourse of messages criticize her leadership.
Ms Yingluck, who is Thailand’s primary female prime minister, has been criticized for have no previous following experience, with some observer claim that she is a marionette for her brother – and former Prime Minister – Thaksin Shinawatra.
Critics have also question her reply to floods in the country.
The hacker‘s final tweet read:
“If she can’t even protect her own Twitter account, how can she protect the country?”
Of course, this is far from the first time that hackers have used their skills to increase a political message. And we should almost certainly be grateful that the assault did not have a more malicious intent (such as linking to a phishing site or a malware-infected webpage).
Famous figures who have fallen casualty to a Twitter hack in the past include Ashton Kutcher, comic actor Simon Pegg, Lil Wayne, Axl Rose, Britney Spears and plummy-voiced British TV property crumpet Kirsty Allsopp.
Even media outlets, such as the New York Times, NBC News and USA Today have fallen foul of hackers on Twitter.
At the time of writing, Ms Yingluck’s Twitter account has been suspended. Presumably an investigation is taking place as to how security was compromised – was the Thai Prime Minister’s password too easy to guess? Phished? Or sniffed from the air because of sloppy WiFi security?